Archive for June, 2021

Johnny Solinger – Rest In Peace

Posted in Metal with tags , on June 29, 2021 by Metal Odyssey

It’s with a saddened heart to write that Johnny Solinger has passed away this past weekend from liver failure. Johnny Solingers’ musical career spanned Country to Heavy Metal. He is most famously known for fronting Skid Row; accomplishing an amazing tenure as their lead singer.

Metal Odyssey expresses condolences to the family, bandmates, friends and fans of Johnny Solinger. May he rest and Rock in peace.

If you never tuned into the Johnny Solinger era of Skid Row, please do so for I highly recommend that historic moment in heavy music history. The Johnny Solinger era of Skid Row will forever remain a favorite of mine. God Bless Johnny Solinger and his family.


HELLOWEEN – Self-titled Album Debuts At #1 On German Album Charts

Posted in Metal with tags , , , on June 26, 2021 by Metal Odyssey

From HELLOWEEN Twitter timeline (6/25/21):

NOW IT’S TIME FOR HAPPINESS: Our new album “Helloween” has entered the official German album charts at the top position – the first time EVER for a HELLOWEEN album! Our gratitude and appreciation for all our fans, not only in Germany, but WORLDWIDE is beyond words!

LONG LIVE HELLOWEEN!!

“BIOGRAPHY KISSTORY” 2 Night Event Airs Sunday June 27th On A&E

Posted in Metal with tags , , on June 24, 2021 by Metal Odyssey

Credit: Courtesy A&E

A&E’s definitive documentary film “Biography: KISStory” celebrates five decades of KISS! The four-hour, two-night event airs this Sunday, June 27th and Monday, June 28th from 9-11pm ET/PT.

Source: KISS Official

LONG LIVE KISS.

EXHUMED – Announce Worming Through America Fall Headline Tour – With CREEPING DEATH, BEWITCHER And ENFORCED

Posted in Metal with tags on June 23, 2021 by Metal Odyssey

Gore Metal maniacs EXHUMED return to the stage this Fall! The Worming Through America tour begins October 22 and features support from Creeping Death, Bewitcher & Enforced! Tickets are on sale this Friday and a full schedule is available below. 

EXHUMED Comments:

“We’re beyond psyched to be back on the road AT LAST! It’s been far too long since the teeming masses have choked on our foul stench. We’ve put together a killer, diverse lineup to crack craniums and rupture eardrums in a town (hopefully) near you, as well as some new surprises, including ‘Worming,’ an exclusive ‘tour-only’ vinyl EP. Gas up your chainsaws, put your beers and corpses on ice and get ready for us to roll into your neck of the woods and wake up some neighbors!”

EXHUMED TOUR DATES:

All Dates Oct 22 – Nov 20 w/ Creeping Death / Bewitcher / Enforced (Drops after Nov 13)

Oct 22 Costa Mesa, CA The Commissary

Oct 23 San Diego, CA Brick By Brick

Oct 24 Mesa, AZ Nile Underground

Oct 25 Flagstaff, AZ Yucca North

Oct 26 Albuquerque, NM The Launchpad

Oct 27 El Paso, TX The Rock House

Oct 28 Odessa, TX Cactus House 

Oct 29 San Antonio, TX The Rock Box

Oct 30 Austin, TX The Lost Well

Oct 31 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey

Nov 02 Indianapolis, IN Black Circle Brewing 

Nov 03 Cincinnati, OH Legends

Nov 04 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda’s

Nov 05 Norfolk, VA Taphouse

Nov 06 Baltimore, MD Metro Gallery

Nov 07 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus

Nov 08 Boston, MA Sonia 

Nov 09 Buffalo, NY Mohawk Place

Nov 10 Detroit, MI Sanctuary

Nov 11 Chicago, IL Reggie’s

Nov 12 Madison, WI Crucible

Nov 13 Davenport, IA Racoon Motel

Nov 14 Omaha, NE Slowdown *

Nov 15 Denver, CO Oriental Theater *

Nov 16 Salt Lake City, UT Ace’s High Saloon *

Nov 17 Boise, ID The Shredder *

Nov 18 Seattle, WA El Corazon *

Nov 19 Portland, OR Dante’s *

Nov 20 Oakland, CA Oakland Metro Opera House *

* No Enforced

EXHUMED Are:

Matt Harvey – Guitar, Vocals

Ross Sewage – Bass, Vocals

Mike Hamilton – Drums

Sebastian Phillips – Guitar

US Webstore

European webstore

Exhumed on Facebook

Exhumed on YouTube

Source: EXHUMED / Darker Corners

LONG LIVE EXHUMED.

KIX FRONTMAN STEVE WHITEMAN RELEASES FIRST EVER SOLO ALBUM, YOU’RE WELCOME ON JULY 2, 2021

Posted in Metal with tags on June 21, 2021 by Metal Odyssey

Credit: Mark Weiss

KIX CURRENTLY ON THE ROAD PLAYING DATES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY AND HEADLINING M3 ROCK FESTIVAL JULY 2

New York, NY – June 18, 2021 – For the first time in his 35+ year history of as the lead singer and front man of KIXSteve Whiteman will release his first ever solo album, You’re Welcome, on July 2, 2021.  The 12-song album was co-produced by Whiteman along with his trusted collaborators Brad Divens, Jimmy Chalfant, and Bob Paré; it was recorded and mixed by Divens at Fixintogetmixin Studio.

Though the recent pandemic essentially derailed the last year-plus of KIX’s touring plans, it gave Whiteman the chance to settle in at home for a critical period of time and vocal rest, the results of which he was able to channel directly into writing and recording You’re Welcome.  “Not being able to play for over a year gave me the opportunity to get together with some friends and make an album of these songs,” said Whiteman. “It was great having something to do during COVID. We all had a great time making this record and I’m very proud of it!”

You’re Welcome is chock full of hard-rock gems. “I knew pretty early on this music wasn’t KIX music and that it was definitely going to be for my solo thing,” says Whiteman. Whether it’s the harmonica-splattered conflict of “Bad Blood,” the bluesy strike of “Lightning Bolt,” the instantly catchy “Do Me Like You Done Me Before,” the heartfelt and somewhat melancholy “Kid Dynamite,” a tribute to Ronnie Younkins [KIX guitarist], who’s been going through another bout of rehab, or the lusty wink-nudgery of “Tug of Luv” (one of the artist’s personal favorite tracks), You’re Welcome adds yet another exciting chapter to Whiteman’s storied recorded legacy. 

If Whiteman’s loyal KIX fanbase feels like the album title sounds familiar, they’d be right.  “It comes from a bit I do during KIX shows where I ask our crowds for a response. I demand they reply, ‘You’re welcome’ every time I say, ‘Thank you,’” Whiteman explains.   And if the cover art gives them an incredible sense of déjà vu — it depicts Whiteman’s signature at the top, and a large, self-drawn stick figure underneath it, they’re exactly right. “Yeah, that started when KIX’s first album came out and the label had us do all these local in-stores,” Whiteman recounts. “It was madness, because we would be sitting there for like two or three hours just signing albums. People were always saying things like, ‘Write something special to me’ or ‘do something special,’ and I just ran out of ideas. Finally, I just started doing this little stick man as a portrait — and it kinda stuck. When people ask for my autograph now, they want my stick man — and now everybody can get it on the cover of my album.”

Cover Art: Steve Whiteman

KIX has released seven albums over their career including last year’s Midnite Dynamite Re-Lit, released on the 35th anniversary of the release of Midnite Dynamite.  KIX will be on the road for the rest of the year, including headlining the M3 Rock Festival at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD on July 2.  See all KIX tour dates HERE

You’re Welcome Track Listing:

1.  Easy
2.  Talking Bout Luv
3.  Get The Wild Out
4.  Shock
5.  Prick Teaser
6.  Bad Blood
7.  Kid Dynamite
8.  Lightning Bolt
9.  Strip
10. Tug of Luv
11. Do Me Like You Done Me Before
12. Shook Me In My Shoes

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Source: 37 – Media Press

LONG LIVE STEVE WHITEMAN.

STONE.

Black Donut Records To Release “World Without End: An Underground Tribute To Samhain”

Posted in Metal with tags , , on June 21, 2021 by Metal Odyssey

Black Donut Records is pleased to announce that they will release “World Without End: An Underground Tribute to Samhain” on July 9th 2021.

While celebrating well-known legends is certainly a worthwhile endeavor, sometimes the underdog deserves a tribute. In that spirit, it’s high time for the unholy Samhain to enjoy a little bit of the limelight. Black Donut Records–in collaboration with twelve underground bands unified by a singular passion for Danzig’s lesser-known work–is pleased to present their inaugural release: a compilation album dedicated to the finest purveyors of gritty occult deathrock. World Without End: An Underground Tribute to Samhain will be released on July 9th, with a pre-order available now.

From a curatorial perspective, Black Donut Records seeks to shed some well-deserved love on an act regrettably neglected by the fickle tides of fame and fortune. Wedged in the timeline between the beloved horror-punk of Misfits and the blusier doom of Danzig, the legacy of the ghoulish Samhain has been regrettably lost in the fray. Their catalog has been out of print for decades, and is unavailable on streaming services–a death knell in the modern era, if e’er there was. With the small-yet-dedicated fandom left to scrounge YouTube’s dark corners for a modicum of access to their discography, the unfortunately inaccessible Samhain are long overdue for some attention.

While the bands collected herein deliver a wide array of sonic styles and aesthetic approaches, a singular passion and an instantly recognizable rough ‘n’ tumble Samhain spirit serves as the glue that holds the compilation together. Take, for example, Night Goat’s bombastically highoctane take on “Moribund,” DemonScar’s faithfully gritty “November’s Fire,” or Spellgrinder’s slick and sleazy interpretation of the intrinsically jubilant “All Murder, All Guts, All Fun.” A project larger, by default, than the sum of its component parts, this compilation will undoubtedly appeal to any fan who holds the source material in high regard.

Pre-order: https://samhaintribute.bandcamp.com/album/world-without-end

World Without End Tracklist
1. “Black Dream” – Atomic Kavemen ft Marron Chaplin
2. “All Murder, All Guts, All Fun” – Spellgrinder
3. “Horror Biz” – Dead Eye Doll
4. “The Shift” – Rift Valley
5. “Archangel” – Energy
6. “Moribund” – Night Goat
7. “I Am Misery”- Bovine Nightmares
8. “Mother of Mercy” – Dead Rites
9. “To Walk the Night” – The Zenith
10. “Let the Day Begin” – The Red Edges
11. “November’s Fire” – DemonScar
12. “Death…In Its Arms” – Matte Martin

Black Donut Records can be found:
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Source: C Squared Music

LONG LIVE THE LEGACY OF SAMHAIN.

STONE.

MORDIAN TO RELEASE NEW SINGLE

Posted in Metal with tags , , on June 21, 2021 by Metal Odyssey

January Moon’, the new single from Alternative-Gothic artist Mordian, is to be released July 2nd. Produced by Evan Graham Dunn, it’s a haunting offering meant to carve the path for the next era of music; Mordian is eager to release more material after a period of rumination.

‘January Moon’ follows her debut EP ‘Romance in Disguise’ which released in May 2019 and contains three distinctive sections which explore contrasting moods and atmospheres. Opening with serene entwining of vocal harmonies and clean guitar chords, this section has a personal feel with a strong uplifting atmosphere. Soulful vocals produce a beautiful sound before thundering into heavily distorted metal instrumentation and melodic elements. Emerging from the depths, the concluding passage brings a delicate melody performed on classical guitar with a haunting spoken narrative.

Journeying through intense moods, the distinctive musical style of each part delivers its own powerful impact. Mordian’s overarching Gothic themes and ethereal sounds are certain to evoke a whole world of feelings within.

Socials:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mordian_official/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mordianofficial
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0t655475M2ZrGOHKmYnUjV?si=jduwqesjTNSiw1pnK_8AoQ&dl_branch=1
Bandcamp: https://mordian.bandcamp.com/

Source: C Squared Music

LONG LIVE MORDIAN.

STONE.

METALLICA – Will Headline HELLFEST 2022

Posted in Metal with tags , , , on June 19, 2021 by Metal Odyssey

METALLICA is slated as the headliner for HELLFEST 2022! This HELLFEST is absolutely stocked with Metal legends, just look at the flyer above! MERCYFUL FATE! TRIPTYKON! Heck, even Ugly Kid Joe is among the mix!

350 bands will perform across six stages! HELLFEST will be a two-part festival, with the following dates: June 17, 18, 19 and June 23, 24, 25, 26. METALLICA will headline on June 26th.

For more info on ALL the scheduled HELLFEST dates, visit: https://www.hellfest.fr/tickets-informations.html

LONG LIVE HELLFEST.

Buy Directly From Your Favorite Underground Bands!

Posted in Metal with tags on June 18, 2021 by Metal Odyssey

If this hostile Covid pandemic has taught me anything it’s that people’s lives and livelihoods are so incredibly fragile. Countless lives and jobs have either been destroyed or altered in some fashion. I’m lucky that my day job is working for a very busy and popular upscale grocery store; therefore my job has been safe since the pandemic started. I’m also blessed I was not struck with the coronavirus.

Unfortunately, indie, underground bands and solo musicians took one of the biggest hits financially this past 18 months. Touring and playing live in bars and clubs came to a screaming halt in 2020, for obvious reasons. Without touring and playing live shows, musicians are shut-out financially. No live shows means zero band merch is being sold to fans that would have attended.

A tremendous way to kickstart your favorite bands bank accounts once again is to buy directly from them!
During 2020, I bought vinyl, cassettes and other merch from bands I dig a whole lot; some of these bands I supported were: Haunt, Exhumed, The Dollyrots, Pounder and King Diamond. A fabulous site to purchase music and merch from is Bandcamp. This site supports thousands of indie and underground artists.

On another note: The next time you want to buy your music or merch from the corporate conglomerate known as Amazon, check out your favorite mainstream band’s websites. I’ve bought directly from Metallica and their website is loaded with music and merch; especially live music you cannot find anywhere else.

Stone

JUDAS PRIEST And IRON MAIDEN Are Bigger Than Any Hall Of Fame Acceptance

Posted in Metal with tags on June 16, 2021 by Metal Odyssey

I remember being a teenager in the late 70s and into the early 80s; a time when The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame never existed. Truthfully, back then, music and especially Metal fans could give 2 horse shits of such a hall of fame. Seriously. Times were different back then and no one gave a rats ass about such artificial notoriety when it came to Rock and Metal; at least no one that I knew or hung out with.

For crap sakes, MTV (aka Johnny come lately) never introduced me to Judas Priest; USA Networks’ Night Flight did. The music video was Heading Out To The Highway. I just had to throw that in and it made me feel pretty good.

In my opinion, that hall of fame is nothing more than a political wedge that has done more for division within the music industry (especially Metal) than anything else. Unless you’re a Metal band that throws big Hollywood parties and gets involved in the political side that the hall of fame brass endorses… you’re out.

I’ve been a fan of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden way before that building in Cleveland Ohio was ever a thought. I love both bands more with each passing day. I’ll be a fan of both bands even as they aren’t accepted by the suits and ties that worship ABBA. In summary, my feelings on the snubbing of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden into that hall is best expressed by a famous film quote from comedian Bill Murray: “It just doesn’t matter”.

-Stone

BTW: That Bill Murray quote is from the 1979 comedy film Meatballs.

LONG LIVE IRON MAIDEN & JUDAS PRIEST.

INTO THE GRAVE Dutch Metal Festival Moved To 2022

Posted in Metal with tags , on June 12, 2021 by Metal Odyssey

The Dutch Metal Festival Into The Grave has been moved forward to June 10-12 of 2022, taking place in Leeuwarden Netherlands. Paradise Lost, Dark Funeral, Obituary and many other Metal legends will be performing. Take a look at the festival flyer above, to read this amazing lineup.

LONG LIVE METAL.

STONE.


JUDAS PRIEST With SABATON – Tour Dates, Cities, Venues Listed

Posted in Metal with tags , , , on June 12, 2021 by Metal Odyssey

The magnificent JUDAS PRIEST have announced their 2021 tour dates running from September through early November. JUDAS PRIEST are celebrating their 50 plus years of Heavy Metal!

Special guest is the mighty SABATON. Check it all out on the tour flyer above! Metal be thy name!!

LONG LIVE JUDAS PRIEST

LONG LIVE SABATON

Stone

AUTOGRAPH – ‘Turn Up The Radio’ 45rpm Treasure Find

Posted in Metal with tags , , , on June 11, 2021 by Metal Odyssey

A couple of years ago I found this 45rpm of AutographsTurn Up The Radio, at a thrift store. It cost a mere 50 cents. Yes, 50 cents! I was lucky to find this; usually 80s Heavy Metal is nowhere to be found at a thrift store. Collectors tend to hoard the good stuff like this.

I was fortunate to see Autograph open for the fabulous Heart in the latter half of the 80s. Those were the glorious Arena days. I’ve been their fan ever since. Turn Up The Radio is from Autographs’ 1984 debut album: Sign In Please.

Below are more pics of this 45rpm. It’s in excellent playable condition too, with no scratches or scuffs.

LONG LIVE AUTOGRAPH.

STONE.

GUNS N’ ROSES – Tour Dates And Cities Listed!

Posted in Metal with tags , , , on June 11, 2021 by Metal Odyssey

GUNS NROSES are F’N BACK! Their USA tour runs from the end of July to the beginning of October! 24 tour dates are listed above! Special guest is mammoth featuring Wolfgang Van Halen! Holy shit and hallelujah!!


LONG LIVE GUNS N’ ROSES.

LONG LIVE MAMMOTH.

STONE.

LITA FORD – On Tour Now! Dates And Venues Listed

Posted in Metal with tags , , , on June 11, 2021 by Metal Odyssey

Lita Ford is back on tour! As shown above, the tour dates run through July 31st.

LONG LIVE LITA FORD.

STONE.

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